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+150 COUNTRIES

Our slides are used in over 150 countries across every industry type, including senior executives and government officials.

>300 SLIDES PER STUDY

Includes completed proposals to use. Workshop packs, templates and tools. Use our studies as blueprints.

100% FULL STUDIES

We have curated and complete full studies allowing to see how the analyses was done. No more fumbling around with blank templates.

What can I do in SLIDES?

Create all your deliverables. Dazzle clients with advanced thinking. Present complete methodologies. Develop full client updates. Archive all your work in one location. See more in the videos below.

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A track record of client satisfaction over 10 years and counting

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FAQs

SLIDES is our new service. We are excited because it offers the most requested feature. Clients who participated in the trial say it reduced their costs and time to market while increasing the quality of their work and revenue.

 

The ROI is clear.

 

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What is the FIRMSconsulting Advanced Knowledge Management System?

FIRMSconsulting AKMS aka SLIDES is the knowledge management system FIRMSconsulting uses for our projects and with our clients. It is equally as valuable as our video streaming service on StrategyTraining.com. You will find the fully editable reports, studies, proposals, letters, workshop packs and other tools our partners use.

How do I subscribe to SLIDES?

Only FC Insiders who are our most loyal members, who truly appreciate our work and have a track record of supporting FC with book reviews, App reviews, podcast reviews, referrals etc, will be offered an opportunity to subscribe. This is the equivalent of inviting someone to stay in your home with you and your family over the Christmas holidays.

 

We plan to only open subscription a few times a year. If you are interested in access to SLIDES when subscriptions are closed, please follow the steps below and we will place you on a waiting list, if you are eligible, and contact you once we reopen subscription.

 

All eligible FC Insiders must submit a short letter explaining how FC has helped them in their career AND how they have supported us in the recent past.

What makes the FIRMSconsulting Advanced Knowledge Management System aka SLIDES unique?

FIRMSconsulting’s Advanced Knowledge Management System is a full knowledge management system containing detailed and advanced studies, proposals, client communication and workshop packs.

 

All the material can be edited as many times as needed, used for clients and shared in PDF.

 

There is a powerful CRM and project management system.

 

You may upload and store your own files, and as many files as needed as long as you are a member. We do all the heavy lifting. (Storage limits may apply).

 

Think of it this way. Major firms like McKinsey, BCG, Deloitte, etc. have powerful knowledge management systems. Imagine you are a manager at McKinsey or Deloitte based in San Francisco. You get staffed onto your first corporate strategy project. You ask a couple of colleagues if they could share prior deliverables related to corporate strategy. You get a few files, but nothing useful.

 

But this is not necessarily an obstacle.

 

You can log onto the knowledge management system and access thousands of sanitized deliverables completed by McKinsey/Deloitte consultants in the top offices across the world: London, Toronto, Paris, Singapore, Munich, Sydney, Warsaw, New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, etc.

 

If your firm is strong at knowledge management with a high standard of work, you will get access to some files that will shave days and in some cases weeks of time off your project and will allow you to deliver much greater value.

 

In reality even within top firms the files you access are not always helpful. That is one of the reasons why our knowledge management system is advanced and superior to many knowledge management systems accessible within consulting firms.

 

You can pursue new clients and secure those clients if you can see the best proposals and methodologies within those proposals. The increase in revenue leads to growth for your office/firm.

Who should use SLIDES?

SLIDES is used by professionals in consulting, industry, private equity, VC, banking and more.

 

Any professional at any level who is trying to both solve complex business problems and implement the findings will find the contents useful.

How does SLIDES work?

Pick any document.

See how a study is done.

Review our detailed proposals.

Edit as you like: swap slides between documents, import your own work, add your own branding etc.

Invite colleagues to view, comment or edit. (terms apply when editing)

Create a deliverable; client update, final report, toolkit, proposal etc.

Download the PDF deliverable and share it with clients and colleagues.

Everything is archived online in one place.

It’s that simple.

Are my documents secure?

  1. All your documents are safe and encrypted.
  2. No one can access your files without your permission.
  3. You can upload as many PPT, PPTX, Word and Excel files as needed.
  4. We store them for you and back them up.
  5. You will never lose a file as you change jobs and swap out laptops, hard drives and thumb drives.

What is the benefit of SLIDES?

Access to completed studies.

Access to strategy proposals.

Access to workshop tools.

Access to project management tools

Access to CRM tools.

Faster response time versus creating slides and methodologies.

Increased revenue from superior proposals.

Increased client satisfaction.

Lower costs since we serve as your “brain.”

All your work is archived and stored in one online location.

How does SLIDES give me a competitive advantage?

This is what is required to build intellectual property. It is a critical competitive advantage that most firms/professionals/consultants try to develop yet eventually quit.

 

First

 

Think of the time and cost savings in having the best slides available to your team. Not generic templates that are empty, but detailed study slides tracking a problem from start to finish.

 

The value you can immediately bring to your clients/colleagues by having the right tools and seeing how they are used.

 

Imagine being able to see how actual studies are done and being able to use/edit those files to support your clients.

 

Video explanations of each slide of many studies in SLIDES can be found on StrategyTraining.com should you want to understand how the partner developed/used the slide (FIRMSconsulting Insider level membership is required).

 

Second

 

Let’s assume you are part of a 10-person boutique consulting firm or part of a 10-person office within a large firm.

 

It’s March and your office has completed four projects so far this year.

 

Each consultant has created 100 unique files (word, PowerPoint, excel etc.) in those 3-months.

 

The files are a mix of quality-standards. Some are unformatted drafts and others are incomplete PowerPoint decks. A mishmash of design and branding. Assume just 10% are finished documents that can be shared.

 

Most don’t have obvious names and have file names like “Client Deck V5”. So, searching for a useful file is hard. Not to mention the problem of files being stored across 10 laptops.

 

It’s just 10 people so there is no time to go back through each file and name them. It’s very difficult to do this.

 

All 10 people have to agree on a naming convention and stick to it, that is assuming they could come up with the correct naming convention and are willing to follow it. And errors in the naming convention will always creep in.

 

It is now December. And your team has diligently been uploading documents every quarter. In the 4th quarter you ask them to convert the newest files to a new format and upload. How do they know where all the documents created in the last 12 months reside on their laptop? So how do they know what to upload without being forced to upload everything again?

 

Let’s assume they were able to make time to fix, tag and name every document. How will you store them and access them when traveling?

 

Assuming your firm had the time and could do this, the files would need to be stored somewhere, usually online. That would be 1,000 files (10-people x 100 files) stored online and probably only searchable by title.

 

If the online interface is not user-friendly and bulky, it would not be used.

 

Since most of the files, 90%, are incomplete drafts, anyone using the online database will generally have to click on many files to find 1 useful file.

 

And that can be tedious if the online database is slow and requires one to download each file to check what is there.

 

And forcing consultants to include detailed descriptions and keywords makes the task of cataloguing the 100 files even more difficult. Due to this requirement most consultants would probably use the incorrect labels or not load files into the system at all.

 

Assuming the files are all online, you also need to keep online and offline backups. You need a way to automatically sync that entire database to another online database and at least 3 offline hard drives. How would you do this? It’s very hard to do. Do you backup all files monthly or just the new files loaded in the last month? How do you easily backup only the latest files?

 

Assuming you have all your firm’s files in one place, how do you ensure the files can be read a few years down the line. Old PowerPoint, excel and word files are often not compatible with new online storage systems. So even if you succeed in getting them all online, over time files become unreadable.

 

If you are successful at building this database over 10 years, your prize is to go through the entire process of opening every file, updating the format and reloading them. You have to do this roughly every 10 years.

 

How do you make the files accessible anywhere and anytime on a smartphone or laptop, tagging and curating them, and creating categories with descriptions?

 

How do you surface the best content?

 

It is a significant competitive advantage to have this easy access to all files. And imagine how much you have lost in 10 years with files sitting on old laptops and discarded or backed up but not in a way they can be accessed.

 

Imagine your consulting staff turns over every 3 years (that is, everyone is replaced in that time due to resignations, managing people out etc.).  As they leave with their project knowledge, this database becomes the only way to retain knowledge.

 

This is where many firms fail. It’s not that they fail at learning from rivals, they fail at using what they already have. And for a smaller firm which does not have many resources to begin with, knowing how to archive and easily use what you do have is very important.

 

Even if you work at a major firm, if your smaller office does not have access to the best content of the New York, Boston, London, Singapore etc., offices, you are essentially not much different from a boutique firm that may not have these resources.

 

Imagine if you had an online system that brought together the most insightful analyses in strategy, operations, implementation, digital etc. AND combined the best work your firm has ever done, best templates, neatly arranged files, with all files tagged, tracked and backed-up accurately?

 

SLIDES solves this problem:

 

Use our curated study slides, tools, methodologies and toolkits.

 

Edit online.

 

Upload all your files to your SLIDES folder.

 

We take care of the storage, backups and conversions.

 

We take care of loading new tools, methodologies and toolkits.

 

We protect your competitive advantage.

What is the subscription cost?

You can access our files from any internet-connected device anywhere in the world and make as many edits, presentations and changes to the slides we provide as you want, and load as many of your own files to your account as you need.

 

There is a single annual fee which is announced when we open applications approximately 2-3 times a year.

What is included?

Our files are curated. We load completed studies, proposals etc. that allow you to see how a problem was solved and presented to the board. Therefore, you get to see the tools, thinking and the use of the templates.

 

All the studies on StrategyTraining.com are available. And much more.

 

We offer a similar interface as Microsoft PowerPoint, except everything is online.

How is this different from my StrategyTraining.com subscription?

StrategyTraining.com contains videos on each document AND the explanations of why and how a slide was created. That is a teaching service.

 

SLIDES offers you the finished slides in editable format so you may use them immediately. Rather than having to spend time recreating the slides/approach/methodologies.

 

There is also tremendous value in seeing a problem solved from start to finish versus using blank templates and tools.

How many of my own files can I upload and manage online?

You may upload up to 100GB of files at no additional charge with an individual file size limit of 10MB. This is well north of 10,000 files on a typical laptop.

Can I invite my team to use SLIDES?

This is an individual subscription. Sharing subscriptions is against our terms of service. However, team subscriptions are allowed. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

What can I download and how can it be used?

You can download anything and everything in the library, including any presentations you create and amend, in PDF format.

 

Downloaded materials can be used for deliverables for your clients and your organization. However, it cannot be used for resale, publications, courses, teaching videos or competitive service offerings. If you need to use slides for purposes other than deliverables for your client or your organization please contact [email protected] to request a written approval, subject to our discretion.

Are there premium features available?

Greater storage and greater individual file size limits are possible. Bespoke studies and proposals are also considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Please contact us ([email protected]) about this.

How do I cancel?

You can cancel your membership when you login into your account on FIRMSconsulting.com. There are no cancellation fees. You can start or stop your membership anytime. Once you cancel you will get a cancelation confirmation email and your membership will not renew. You will continue to have access until the end of your last billing period.

How is my payment processed?

We use Stripe to process your payment. Stripe is an American technology company based in San Francisco, California. It is the same payment provider used by platforms such as Twitter, Pinterest, and Lyft. We do not handle your credit card information directly.

How do I get reimbursed by my employer?

Download this sample reimbursement request and make the necessary changes. Most large organizations, and many smaller ones, will reimburse tuition for professional development.

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